In the past, research has proven that exercise can help prevent certain types of cancer. Increasingly, new evidence is suggesting that exercise can help reduce many of the side effects of cancer treatment and surgeries, improve quality of life and even help reduce incidence of reoccurrences. Beneficial effects of exercise include: increased functional capacity, decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, decreased fatigue, and improved mood, self-esteem and sense of control. And remember, exercise is beneficial before, during and after diagnosis of cancer.
Yoga has been shown to help those living with cancer cope with both the physical and mental challenges of this illness. Join Ellen, our Cancer Exercise Specialist, as she facilitates gentle poses, breathing exercises and meditation to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and restore strength and flexibility.
Chair Yogalates can be performed by everyone, regardless of age or physical limitations. In this comfortable seated workout you can: increase strength and flexibility, boost “core” muscle strength, tone arms and legs, improve mobility and endurance, and improve lymphatic drainage. This new safe, effective and fun class integrates the fundamentals of Pilates & Yoga, to create a program that can be done while simply seated in a chair. With the aid of toning balls, stretch bands, Fit Balls and a host of other props you will be able to develop a more flexible and agile body, increase your mind-body connection, work towards a more balanced posture, and feel stretched, toned and revived!
Walking Club is a special program held for 6 weeks in the spring and 6 weeks in the fall. Studies have shown that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day can have great health benefits. Jump-start your return to wellness by joining our Haven of Hope Walking Club. Learn how to:
- set “SMART” exercise goals
- do a lymphatic warm-up before exercise
- monitor your progress
- find support to keep motivated
- regain your stamina
The club walks on the walking path at the Zangmeister Cancer Center. Bring a light lunch/snack to have with others afterwards. In the event of inclement weather an aerobic exercise program will be offered in the Haven Exercise Room
Getting Your Groove Back
“Getting Your Groove Back” an energizing new class to help rebuild your stamina while regaining flexibility and strength .Join this great group exercise class designed to meet everyone’s individual fitness level. The entire class can be done standing, or it can be done seated, either will provide a gentle cardiovascular benefit. Fun dance movements choreographed to lively music, increases strength and stamina. These easy flowing movements gently stretches scar tissues, helps increases range of motion, and gets the lymphatic system moving and massaged.
- TWO STEP
- HIP HOP
- CHA CHA
- ANYONE CAN DO IT !!!
Exercise Frequently Asked Questions
Sessions are usually 1 hr. long, plan on spending an extra 15-20 minutes the first time to fill out a Health History Form and register.
Wear anything you feel comfortable moving in, something that doesn’t restrict your movement, and something you feel comfortable in sitting or lying on the floor.
Everything is provided for you: exercise mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, bands and other props.
Even when one is feeling sick or weak, there is something we can find to do. Whether it is simply to use restorative poses, breathing practices to relax and ease the mind and body; or simple stretches and deep relaxation, we do whatever we need to do to help the body heal, regain strength and restore its energy and vitality, one step at a time. Often it is beneficial, comforting, and motivating to relax in the presence of others who understand how you are feeling.